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Facebook Removes Picture Of Natural Childbirth

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Mili Hill, mother and founder of The Positive Birth Movement, a Facebook page full of pictures of happy mothers and slimy newborns, had one of her pictures taken down by Facebook because it violated "community standards" as well as banning the page for 24 hours. The same day Kim Kardashian's naked bottom 'broke the internet'.


The picture that was taken down was of a baby actually being born.Quite gruesome. But Mili Hill writes in a Guardian article: "You could argue that this is simply about nudity, but I think there’s more to it. Social media reflects our wider culture’s issue, not with naked women, but with naked women who look real and active as opposed to air-brushed and passive." Ironically, Kim Kardashian's naked photo was not subject to the same treatment, and begs the question is there really a double standard on Facebook and other social networks? Where only one kind of nudity or representation of women is acceptable?

This is not the first time Facebook has come under fire for removing a picture. Recently, Facebook also removed a picture of Emma Bond breastfeeding her premature baby for the first time. The young mother shared the picture of the special moment when it wasn't clear if the baby was going to make it. As if it wasn't enough stress to give birth and be worried that your child might die, you then have to deal with Facebook deciding to take down a photo of you celebrating motherhood.

However, there are still many pictures on Facebook of women baring their breasts and posing in a sexual manner that have not been banned. By allowing these, Facebook is sending out a message that only one kind of representation of women - sexualised, fake and willing - is acceptable. Kim Kardashian's bottom is ok, but a picture of a real everyday woman celebrating her child and performing the most natural act in the world is wrong.

Facebook really needs to address this problem, either by being more transparent about how it decides to get rid of a particular photo or by getting rid of all of them. Celebrities who post breastfeeding pictures on social media do not get theirs taken down or banned. This sort of double standard is unacceptable, and perpetuates the idea of women as sexual objects.

Facebook isn't the only social media website in the midst of a controversy. Instagram's community standards started the Free The Nipple Movement. Yet another kind of double standard on social media, where you can buy weapons on Instagram and post violent images yet a picture of a nipple gets taken down.

Laura is a recent graduate from University of East Anglia in Film and Television Studies, currently interning as a content writer but hoping to one day live off her writing. Follow her @LauraAtSMF.

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Facebook Removes Picture Of Natural Childbirth Reviewed by Laura Veit on Thursday, November 20, 2014 Rating: 5
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